Mrs. Robina is a 40-year-old widow. She started her own business after her husband's death. She set up a general store in her house by taking a loan from the Kashf Foundation. She sells daily use goods to her community. Her son also plays a supportive role. He is a rickshaw driver.
Being a single parent of five children she took this initiative to give her children a better future. She is responsible for their everyday expenditures including food, clothing and education. She has applied for a repeat loan of 40,000 Pakistan Rupees (PKR) to purchase more items including bread, eggs, butter, milk, cold drinks, shampoo, cleaning products etc. She hopes to have a good experience with this loan.
About Kashf Foundation
Kashf Foundation is one of the leading microfinance providers in Pakistan, focused on expanding financial access for poor women across the country. The organization’s economic empowerment program has grown from 913 clients in 1999 to 284,653 clients as of May 2012, with a current outstanding portfolio of US$32 million.
Kashf has trained over 227,000 clients in basic financial literacy and systemized financial education since 2010, in addition to providing training in gender justice and empowerment to over 12,500 participants since 2011. This group includes clients, their husbands and adolescent boys in their communities.
Over the past 16 years, Kashf has disbursed an estimated 2 million loans. Today, it operates in 16 districts in Punjab province and 1 district in Sindh province through a network of 157 branches. It plans to open 19 new branches to cover all four of Pakistan’s provinces.